Campers' Chronicle

Mrs. Donnay's 3rd Grade Classroom Newsletter 4-4-16

Mark Your Calendar

April 4- Book log and summary due

April 8- Book Club

April 19- Field Trip to Sea Life at MOA

Prairie Restoration Project & a Happy Camper Parent- Kristin Hall!

Have you heard about the Prairie Restoration Project? We are so lucky to have Kristin Hall, Elsa's mom, leading the charge. There was a school email sent out last week about this important project and I want to personally thank Kristin for her dedication to SCPA and the environment!

St. Croix Prep will be the site for a new prairie restoration project starting in April of this year. Two St. Croix Prep parents, Kristin Hall, Conservation Biologist with the Audubon Society and Camilla Correll, Water Resources Engineer with Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. proposed a restoration project and has since created the SCPA Conservation Committee. Check your email to read more about this project.

Peek at the Week


Our new reading unit is all about communities across time. Last week we read "The House on Maple Street" and practiced visualizing. This week we will read "Days of Digging" and practice asking questions and clarifying our thinking. We are going to try a fun new way to practice talking about our thinking with a partner. Ask your child to try it with you when you read together! This week we will also continue to work on different ways that adjectives are used in a sentence.


We will have another fun science unit about animals starting this week. Students will start by classifying animals, learn how offspring are like their parents, and study the life cycles of different animals. Our field trip to Sea Life will complement this unit perfectly!


Our research papers on planets turned out amazing! I hope your child shared their hard work with you! Students really enjoyed typing their papers on the computer. This week we will be focusing on conventions including quotation marks and commas in a series. Students will also be writing their own creative piece of work and editing their work.


There will be a test on Friday on Unit 5 Lesson 2. Students should be studying their spelling words each day. They can use . Test fixes are due each Monday.


Each month students should bring in an example of the monthly character trait to hang on our class bulletin board. April's trait of the month is COURAGE. Ask your child how they can show courage at school and at home. COURAGE bulletin board items are due on April 15th.


Partner share your thinking with me as we read together.

What is the life cycle of a butterfly, toad, and live birth?

What is the difference between an inherited and acquired characteristic in an animal?

Practice writing a quotation in a sentence. Focus on quotation marks and commas.

How do you show courage on the playground at school?

What's going on in MATH?

Ganz: Decimal Place Value, Classifying Quadrilaterals, Prairie Restoration Assembly, Estimating Multiplication and Division Answers

Yannarelly: Similar and Congruent Figures, Multiplying by Multiples of 10, Division with Two-Digit Answers and a Remainder

Donnay: Double Digit Multiplication, Elapsed Time, Division, Review

MCA/OLPA Practice Website

Type the Learning Locator numbers for both math and reading practice in the white box that says "Welcome".

Learn to Type - Dance Mat Typing

Check out this fun typing game. Remind your child to keep their hands on the home row!

Reflex Math

Click on this link to use Reflex Math and practice math facts! Your child has their own login and password. Please email me if you need this information again.

Spelling City

Click on this link to use to practice spelling words. The week's list unit and lesson name is on the top of the spelling sheet in your child's planner.

Lower School General Information Website

Please find any forms, calendars, background check forms, spirit wear days, etc on this webpage.